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Blackboard Jungle: From Dub to Dubstep (Lee Perry & Jahdan Minidocumentary)

Subatomic Sound brings us this excellent minidocumentary about the evolution of Dub to Dubstep music, focusing on Lee Perry and Jahdan Blakkamoore. Lee “Scratch” Perry is a legend among dub producers and has always been known to push the boundaries of music, consistently bringing new electronic elements into his sound of dub.  It’s not surprising that he started making Dubstep given this since it’s the next evolution of sound.  This documentary traces the roots of Lee Perry’s dubstep sounds and focuses on some fresh developments, with excellent live concert footage and a short interview with Rusko. Featured on vocals are the stylings of Jahdan Blakkamoore.  Subatomic Sound sums it up:

1973, Jamaica.  2009, to the world!  The story of the seminal dub album “Blackboard Jungle” from Lee Scratch Perry and King Tubby that was cornerstone of the dub music craze that would extend around the world.  In 2009 Vienna’s dub masters Dubblestandart called on Perry to revisit the vibes.  This collaboration stretched around the globe to involve New York City’s dub scientists Subatomic Sound System & rising reggae vocal talent Jahdan Blakkamoore, and resulted in the first ever original dubstep tunes from Lee Scratch Perry plus a journey back into the Blackboard Jungle!

Lee Perry has now put out a number of excellent dubstep tunes and has worked with many producers including Kode 9:

Dubwise version of Max Romeo’s - Chase the Devil (produced by the Upsetters), redubbed by Lee Perry, Dubblestandart and G Corp:

And the featured tune of the documentary ‘Blackboard Jungle’ with Jahdan Blakkmoore and the Subatomic Sound System:

Dubblestandart ft Jahdan Blakkamoore - Blackboard Jungle (Subatomic Sound Respect The Foundation remix)

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Dubblestandart ft Jahdan Blakkamoore - Blackboard Jungle (Subatomic Sound Respect My Shit remix)

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Lastly, the first Lee Perry dubstep tune from Subatomic Sound & Dubblestandart:

Dubblestandart - Iron Devil (Subatomic Sound System Remix)

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For the time being you can pick up Jahdan & Subatomic Sound’s version of Blackboard Jungle on wax though I hear it’s almost sold out. Get after this:



San Francisco Dubstep Minidocumentary

Dala Productions from San Francisco produced this nice, short pod about dubstep in the Bay Area which is definitely worth checking out. With interviews with DJG, Sam Supa, Emcee Child, and Mike Bee it’s a nice look at the local scene. See Mike Bee and Sam Supa live in action at the next Surefire show, along with the positivity discussed in the doc.


COTK - We Are The Glitch (Eskmo Remix) Video

While posting videos I thought I’d also put up this one I’ve been sitting on for a bit now, the Street Artist Pictures video of Eskmo’s remix of We Are The Glitch by Coalition of the Killing.  The sound on this one is similar to Eskmo’s recent Hypercolor EP and the Meditation Point remix, reminiscent of gothic robots or complex machinery moving around with the beat.  If you’re feeling this sound check out Eskmo on May 9th at Club Six for the monthly Veni Vidi Vici event.

The producers of this video are Street Artist Pictures also out of San Francisco, check out their main site or their myspace for more updates.  The darkness of Eskmo’s remix is matched by the darkness of the video.  Girls made up like dolls writhe about and cry for unknown reasons.  Edits go along with the glitchy feel and all in all the video matches the song very well.  Nice to see proper videos done for dubstep songs, it’s quite rare.  Respect to all involved.


Big Up Magazine - Spring 2009

Big Up Magazine - Spring 2009I got my Spring copy of Big Up Magazine from Katya at the Surefire monthly last Saturday and finished reading it last night.  Well-designed and packed with 13 interviews with diverse artists and musicians it’s a good read.  The words of Goth-Trad were the most captivating to me.  His description of the status of dubstep in Japan and his musical evolution was really a fun read especially because I didn’t know that much about him.  Mary Anne Hobbs also had a great interview focusing on the “West Coast Rocks” sound of Flying Lotus, Lazer Sword, The Gaslamp Killer, Daedelus, Nobody, the Glitch Mob and others.  Artwise, Nik Ainley’s pieces really stuck out as quality, though all the art was quite good.  Putting visually-stunning art in between the music interviews is a nice contrast as you go back and forth between thinking about the audio and visual worlds.

Nik Ainley - Headache

My reading of the magazine would be interrupted every so often by the quality of Kutz’s selections coming out my speakers on the included mix.  Kutz is a sick producer and DJ based out of the UK with two stellar recent releases on Soul Jazz (Drumz of No Return / Tarantula and Travelling / Static).  Big things coming from him on the dubplate front too.

Any set that starts off with Benga vs Kutz - I’ll Kut Ya you know is gonna be good.  Personals were Skream - Filth (Silkie remix), Kutz – Grit Ya Teeth, Von D. feat Phephe - Show Me, and Klic feat Alys Be – Move Me.  Alys Be seems to have a knack for working with people that I’ve yet to hear and producing huge tunes with them.  Massive respect.  Check out a recent edition of the Transition show on Rinse.FM featuring Alys Be on the mic in studio.  Silkie is doing huge things at the moment also with tunes out like Techno 22, Headbutt the Decks, and the his remix of Tell Me (also ft Alys Be).

Big Up is available in SF at Babylon Falling, Amoeba, Super7, or Smoke Signals, or via the website at  Big Up is also hosting a third launch party soon featuring Emalkay’s first US appearance.. should be most excellent.

Finally I have to mention this killer new proposal in the magazine which is to promote creation of music videos for dubstep by establishing a dubstep video community.  I think this is an excellent idea and hope that it takes off.  Here’s two of the first submissions, the first by Big Up contributor MZO: